Ipomoea triloba

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Common name: littlebell

Ipomoea triloba
Ipomoea triloba BM.jpg
Photo by John B
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Solanales
Family: Convolvulaceae
Genus: Ipomoea
Species: I. triloba
Binomial name
Ipomoea triloba
Natural range of Ipomoea triloba from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none.

Varieties: none.


I. triloba is a perennial forb or vine. It belongs to the Covolvulaceae family. This species is not native to the continental United States [1].


I. triloba is not native to the continental United States, and it has been introduced to California and Florida [1].



This species can be found in "hammocks, sand dunes, disturbed areas"[2] especially roadside ditches as well as gardens and planted shrubbery [3]. It has been found in dry to moist loamy and sandy soil [3].

Associated Species - Cyperus erythrorhizos, Panicum dichotomiflorum, Bidens bipinnata and Fatoua villosa, Carex, Polypogon, Verbena, I. cordatotriloba,Eupatorium capillifolium, Pluchea camphorata, Rhynchospora corniculata, and Panicum verrucosum [3].


I. triloba flowers from late August into early November [3].

Conservation and Management

This species is considered a Restricted Noxious Weed in Arizona and a Noxious Weed in Florida and Arkansas. It is considered a Plant Pest in South Carolina and a U.S. weed [1].

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA Plants Database URL: https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=IPTR2
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: May 2018. Collectors: Travis MacClendon, Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, Floyd Griffith, Geo Wilder, Boothes, Andre F. Clewell, R. Komarek, J. M. Kane, John B. Nelson, and Pat Ferral. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington. Georgia: Thomas. South Carolina: Georgetown.